New Students Guide

Welcome to the School of Pharmacy

Congratulations on gaining entry to the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at UQ.

As well as the information included here, which is specific to The School of Pharmacy, you can find more detailed information at New to UQ, the University's guide for new students.

We wish you all the best with your studies, and look forward to working with you all over the next 4 years. Welcome to UQ!

A few words about the School of Pharmacy Student Leader Program

Being the new kid on the block can be a daunting experience for new students, which is why we've designed a Student Leader program, led by pharmacy students, for pharmacy students to create a vibrant campus atmosphere that reaches out to all new students, and our Student Leaders are an integral part of that.

To be put in touch with a leader complete this form.

Experiential Placements

The School of Pharmacy has developed the following set of guidelines to clarify the role of Preceptors and Students:

1. The Student Should:

  • appreciate that practical experience, closely supervised by a registered pharmacist, who shares their valuable time and experience, will be of great professional benefit
  • make the most of this opportunity to learn professional skills and apply pharmacy theory to practice
  • be aware that, at times, the Preceptor may be unavailable to teach. Students should continue to demonstrate initiative and willingness to learn by using this time to research any questions, interact with other staff and make discreet observations
  • read the Guidelines For Preceptors for an explanation of what they may expect from their placement 

2. At the Placement:

  • Students must wear the School placement shirt and professional attire, an ID badge and be well groomed (no jeans, sports shoes, sunglasses, or baseball caps!)
  • The student must maintain professional behaviour standards (Code of Professional Conduct) and in no way discredit the pharmacy
  • Customers should not be misled that the student is a registered pharmacist
  • Students must respect patient and doctor confidentiality (delete all names, addresses, or identifying features from any case studies or examples of patient medication histories that may be included in any work book)
  • Students must treat all staff with respect and courtesy
  • In order to experience all facets of community pharmacy, students should learn and/or participate in the duties of all pharmacy staff
  • Students must take all due care with pharmacy equipment and other property
  • All matters of business must be kept confidential

3. Attendance:

  • The student must regularly and reliably attend their placement at the prearranged times. If a student is unable to attend they must notify their Preceptor (preferably before the placement or as soon as possible after) to arrange a make-up time

4. The student must NOT receive any remuneration for their placement:

  • this would undermine the flexibility of the learning experience
  • remuneration invalidates any University of Queensland insurance cover
  • Students do not have professional liability insurance

5. Students should maintain a record of their attendance that is verified by their preceptor

6. Ask your Preceptor if you are unsure about any aspect of your placement

7. Students should notify the Placements Officer or Academic Supervisor of any issues or problems.

Please note that NO CHANGES TO PLACEMENTS MAY BE MADE WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL from the Academic Supervisor.

Dispensing Curriculum


The purpose of the above document is to describe the teaching of dispensing in the undergraduate program. The document is a resource for students, preceptors and staff.

The undergraduate course list can be found on the UQ Courses and Programs webpage. Dispensing skills are primarily taught in the courses listed below.

Course Year/Semester Title
PHRM1011 1/1 Introductory Pharmacy 1
PHRM1020 1/1 Data Analysis and Pharmacy Practice
PHRM1012 1/2 Introductory Pharmacy 2
PHRM2011 2/1 Quality use of medicines A1
PHRM2030 2/1

Social and Professional Aspects of Pharmacy A

PHRM2012 2/2 Quality Use of Medicines A2
PHRM3011 3/1 Quality Use of Medicines B1
PHRM3031 3/1 Social and Professional Aspects of Pharmacy B
PHRM3012 3/2 Quality Use of Medicines B2
PHRM4011 4/1 Quality Use of Medicines C
PHRM4031 4/1 The Business of Health
PHRM4061 4/1 or 2 QUM Research Focussed Placement
PHRM4062 4/1 or 2 QUM Pharmacy Practice Placement
PHRM4012 4/2 Integrated Patient Care

Courses that include learning activities focussed on dispensing.

School of Pharmacy Student Leader Program

Applications are now open for 2017 student leaders.  If you wish to be a Student Leader, the Position Description is available here.  Applications close on the 16 September 2016.

Applications should be directed to Vanessa King v.king@uq.edu.au and include a resume and a short statement addressing the selection criteria.

School of Pharmacy Student Leader Program

Being the new kid on the block can be a daunting experience for new students, which is why we've designed a Student Leader program, led by pharmacy students, for pharmacy students to create a vibrant campus atmosphere that reaches out to all new students, and our Student Leaders are an integral part of that.

To be put in touch with a leader contact v.king@uq.edu.au

You will be:

  • sent regular emails to keep you updated on what is happening in the semester;
  • invited to “meet and greets” with your student leader and fellow new students;
  • have the chance to realise you’re not alone, and meet others in the same situation as you.

To be a leader* you should have a passion for helping others, making a difference, and a dedication to enhancing the Student Experience for fellow Pharmacy students.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 5 and achieved at least 5.0 GPA in the previous semester
  • Have completed at least one year of Pharmacy at UQ (full time or equivalent)
  • Be enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) during your participation in the Student Leader Program
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have good spoken and written English
  • Have a desire to help others

*UQ Advantage Points available

Leaders are required to complete at least 10 hours of voluntary work over one semester or 20 hours voluntary work over two semesters to be counted towards the Award.

UQ Advantage Grant Program

The UQ Advantage Office has announced the launch of a new program that seeks to promote student mobility and to enhance student participation and involvement in curricular and related activities.

This program, known as the UQ Advantage Grant, will be awarded 4 times per year, in February, May, August and November.

The Grant offers financial support to students of the University of Queensland to subsidise activities which will enhance their degree program and their experience at UQ.

UQ Advantage Grants may be provided for activities related to a student’s study at The University of Queensland such as conferences, short term programs, language study, research, internships, leadership, service learning and volunteering programs, or other activities endorsed by your academic unit.

Who is eligible?

These grants are for students currently enrolled in a degree program at the University of Queensland (i.e.: undergraduate, honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, coursework masters or professional doctorate levels of study).

The grants are not for students enrolled in research higher degree programs.

Full-degree international students are invited to apply. It is not normal practice to award a grant enabling an international student to return to his/her home country. However, special consideration may be given to a student who can show the benefits of how an academic activity undertaken in the student’s home country can enhance their UQ experience.

Further Information

For detailed information regarding the UQ Advantage Grants, download the program guidelines here or contact the Office of Undergraduate Education on advantage@uq.edu.au. Applications can be submitted directly to the UQ Advantage Office. 

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